As promised, today we will get into the battle a little more. A few interesting facts to start us off. At the time of the Civil War, New Mexico was not all that enamored with the U.S. Government. Only becoming a territory in recent years, The Mexican-American War had left a sour taste in many mouths and it wasn’t a given that if push came to shove they would join the Union in the fight. The Confederacy was banking on this fact and believed that they had New Mexico’s allegiance well in hand. But, as things often go when we fight wars in different cultures they were …. simply put, IGNORANT. If they had bothered to understand the people of New Mexico they would have realized there was one thing New Mexicans hated more than the Union…. Texans!
The animosity with Texas was deep rooted. New Mexico had had a front row seat to how Texans operated. Mexico invited the Texans in as friends. This feeling was one-sided as the Texans took their first possible opportunity to bite the hand that had extended friendship. Their dislike of the Spanish land owners was well known and New Mexico feared for their own existence every time Texas came into play. Can’t say as it is much different now.
So with this in mind we set the scene for the Battle of Glorieta Pass, fought over the course of a single long day among the juniper and piñon scrub. Another interesting fact, when the dust had cleared, the confederates supplies destroyed and it was obvious they had lost the battle, instead of taking prisoners the Union Commanders just let them go. The reason? They had no food, water or supplies of any kind and had a 900 mile march ahead of them to get back to San Antonio. The Union had no way to clothe and feed them, allowing them to leave was in their best interest.
Come back tomorrow for the last batch.. more from the battle.